In Your Footcare Work, How Often Do You Analyze A Horse’s Gait?

Options % of Farriers
Before trimming and/or shoeing each horse 4%
Both before and after trimming and/or shoeing each horse       58%
Occasionally, depending on the horse 35%
Provide moisture   3%


— 2017 American Farriers Journal email survey


What’s The Most Important Change In Farriery In The Past 40 Years?

Options % of Farriers
Education   46%
Equine hoof research 22%
Communication     20%
Shoe and tool quality 10%
Footcare business development 2%

— 2015 American Farriers Journal email survey

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